Imagine a world where young Black males are allowed to reach their full potential. For 9-year old Chef Toussaint Palmer, his dreams of becoming a master chef have become a reality. From appearing on the Food Network to featuring his dishes in restaurants throughout Georgia, Chef Toussaint’s story will encourage young readers to strive for excellence.
Chef Toussaint, affectionately known as Chef T, is a culinary genius. Chef T spends many hours on the weekends creating award-winning appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Turning the pages, you join Chef Toussaint in the kitchen as he prepares mouth-watering dishes from some of his grandmother’s favorite recipes. Pecan pie, macaroni n’ cheese, candied sweet potatoes with almonds, and apple cinnamon French toast are just a few dishes that Chef Toussaint sells to local restaurants.
Chef T is David Miller’s brainchild, a Washington, DC-based writer and social entrepreneur working to change the game in children’s publishing. Miller is focused on producing high-quality, educationally rich children’s books that highlight Black families. He has written several full-color children’s books featuring positive Black male characters.
Miller points out that “all too often your zip code determines your access to books. Sadly, many children grow up in book deserts. I have visited schools that do not have libraries. Parents are key for improving literacy rates and connecting children to books,” Miller adds. Chef Toussaint is a great book for families to enjoy together. In addition to being an engaging story, it comes complete with recipes and a message for parents in the back of the book.